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A student is arrested by police during student protests at the Durban University of Technology.
A student is arrested by police during student protests at the Durban University of Technology.
Thabiso Goba

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) closed down all its campuses on Wednesday after 16 students were arrested during a violent protest over the university’s allegedly slow registration process.

DUT SRC president Zabelo Ntuli said the online process had been a nightmare for many students and called for the university to assist all academically deserving students.

“When you leave home to come here you need money and it’s very painful because some of you have been here four times to be turned away at the gate. We can no longer accept this treatment,” he said while addressing the group of students.

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